Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
|QB - #7||104.00||CAR||Active||5 years||25||6'5||245|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-29-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Cam Newton is coming back from offseason ankle surgery and he is expected to be 100-percent by late June to early July. The ankle should have no effect on his play. A lot has been made of Newton's receiving corps (or lack thereof). They are really not that bad and he has a few of veterans who know how to get open. Cotchery, Underwood, and Avant have all performed very well in limited opportunities. None of them are a true No. 1 receiver; however, each can make a play when called upon. He also has young receivers Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt. Both have upside and showed some of that during last year's preseason, Neither have amounted to anything just yet and both ended up buried on the bench. The Panthers' top pass-catcher may be tight end Greg Olsen, whom they backed up with Ed Dickson for insurance. Carolina also drafted Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State with their first round pick. He is a huge target that can pull the ball down out of a crowd. When Newton's in trouble, Benjamin is a guy that can be thrown to even when covered. Newton can also leans on a stable of running backs. It goes without saying that Newton may be the best running QB in the league, especially in the red zone. His size allows him to do a lot more between the tackles than a Mike Vick or RG3 can. This may be the year Newton really pulls away from the pack as a superstar; he'll just need his passing stats to pick up where his rushes end.
Editor's note: Leagues which reward six points for passing TDs slightly reduce the value of dual-threat QBs like Newton.
Kelvin Benjamin believes he can do much better this season than he did last season. That's saying a lot considering he caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine TDs as a rookie. Benjamin admits he became fatigued down the stretch last season. The fatigue was believed to be more mental than physical.Fantasy Analysis:
The Panthers star rookie had a huge fantasy impact in 2014. I agree with Benjamin. The sky is the limit for this kid. With a full offseason to build chemistry with QB Cam Newton, look for KB to have a monster sophomore campaign.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors4/24 - Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin believes he can be a lot better in 2015
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|4.11||DLF - I wanted to grab Brees here but Cam will do just fine. I think Carolina will sort out the passing game but his rushing yards and TDs help a lot obviously.|
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